Remember Me: Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt

Tilbury HouseSKU: 9780884483007

Jean Flahive, Donald Soctomah
Grade Levels:
Three, Four, Five, Six
Passamaquoddy, Woodland
Book Type:
Tilbury House

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Remember Me: Tomah Joseph's Gift to Franklin Roosevelt is a children's picture book written by Passamaquoddy legislator Donald Soctomah and Mary Beth Owen about the gift of a birchbark canoe from Tomah Joseph to a young Franklin Roosevelt. Today a birchbark canoe is housed in the museum at Roosevelt Campobello International Park in New Brunswick. This canoe was made by Passamaquoddy canoe builder, guide, and tribal leader Tomah Joseph and gifted to the future 32nd President of the United States in 1905. The young Franklin's family spent summers on Campobello Island and the boy and the Tomah Joseph became friends. Joseph taught the youth how to build and paddle a canoe; collect sweetgrass; and make baskets. In addition the Elder told stories to the boy about respecting the animals, Passamaquoddy culture, and the clan system. The book is illustrated with pale watercolour images that portray the young boy as pale and almost translucent. The nature and canoe sequences are portrayed as thoughtful and engaging. The text is lengthy and is told in vignettes. The interesting point in the book is shown at the end as the Elder presents the young man with a birchbark canoe inscribed with Tomah Joseph's words, Mikwid hamin, remember me. We are not told if the future president reciprocated. The end papers of the book are shown with birchbark pictographs. This is a read aloud title that captures a little-known connection between a former United States president and a Passamaquoddy Elder.

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